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Former army chief says no personal grudge with South Sudan president

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May 15, 2017 (JUBA) – On Monday, General Paul Malong Awan, the former Chief of General Staff of Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) said he had no personal vendetta against President Salva Kiir.

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SPLA Chief of General Staff, Gen. Paul Malong Awan (C) is visiting his farms in his homeland of Warawar in Aweil East State on 7 May 2016 (Photo Moses Lomayat)

General Awan said his departure from Juba was misinterpreted and was the reason he decided to return to Juba to avoid more confusion and any political altercations.

"I told the President when he used to call and talk to me while in Yirol, that I was just going home because I did not want my relief to be misunderstood and to cause more confusion," he said.

"I left because I thought it was the best way to manage the situation, people decided to say something different, others even speculated that I had a problem with the President,” he added.

He continued to emphasise that he had no problems with the President Kiir.

Awan’s decision to return to Juba was in compliance with the call made by the President and the community leaders.

“When I returned, it was because I wanted to put to rest the confusion, so I decided to come back and listen to why I am needed,” he said.

General Awan reiterated that he has no intentions of rebelling, adding that if he did he would have fought in Juba after he was removed from his position.

"I said already that If I wanted to rebel, I would have rebelled here (Juba), I had guns here and these soldiers do not belong to anybody. If I was about to fight, I would have fought here," he said.

He further reiterated that he will seek permission to return to his home State.

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  • 15 May 22:25, by Garang Akeen Tong

    Very great, our belove fearless Gen. Paul Malong, let thugs understand that message, now rebels are shame.

    Wen Aluat nyankai, Ajonga Noor akaan chuot yi loom.

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    • 15 May 22:47, by South South

      Peace among Dinka is more important than anything in South Sudan. The way Paul Malong and president kiir are handling their differences will be a big lesson to other tribes in South Sudan.

      " A poor peace is better than a friendly fight".

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      • 15 May 23:07, by Garang Akeen Tong

        South south

        Peace among our community is needed here, but our President, Salva Kiir is surounding by red devils, with ills advise without further studying the outcame.

        We should unite first then our fellow s.sudanse, if we don,t have unity among ourselves, hw can we unite fellow s.sudanse.

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        • 16 May 00:22, by South South

          Garang Akeen Tong,

          There is no question out there, Dinka will come out from this issues as winner and show to the world that they are very strong community. I personally want all South Sudanese tribes to have good future in their country, that future will not come unless there is a tribe to lead them, Dinka is that tribe. In Dinka we say this: "God let me sick to know my people".

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          • 16 May 07:59, by Garang Akeen Tong

            South south

            Thank you bro, you made it all, we should overcome ever situation, therefor we should be "calls" winners.

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          • 16 May 15:34, by injuba

            Dinkas being the tribe to lead South Sudan? Have you been asleep over the last years? Tribal dictatorship wrecked the country, it is now on the brink of collapse.

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      • 16 May 05:51, by Malakal county Simon

        One cannot believe such some one called himself King can simply coiled his tail and surrendered at the last minute?? You must apologize to the elected president, for running a way in first place without informing him or else humiliation is not over yet!! ( Let’s King Paul go home he has done his part for he was being used by unwanted presiend Kiir to recruited Aweilian sons whom have died in vain)

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        • 16 May 08:50, by Garang Akeen Tong

          Malakal county simon

          Yesterday you are dancing and today you are sad,

          Gen. Magakdit the King Paul is not power greedy, he couldn,t kill his fellow citizen for position like Dr. Riak who kill thousand of people.

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    • 16 May 07:53, by jubaone

      South South,
      Malong will and can’t afford to fight the Kiirminal. You would need a determined force, clear objectives and logistics which Malong does not have. Worse more, geo-strategically Aweil and its surrounding have no retreat bases and conduit to outside world. It’s just a hopeless case. Malong has coiled his tail and will be a humble dog 🐶 for the meantime.

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      • 16 May 08:20, by Garang Akeen Tong

        Jubaone

        Your devils wishes wouldn,t happen, you want Gen. Paul to joint your useless rebelion, Hahahahahaha.

        Gen. Paul Malong have comeout clear that, I don,t want to rebel, if I want to rebel I cann,t go nowhere, I can rebel here in Juba. He told you this msge hundred time.

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        • 16 May 09:02, by jubaone

          Garang Akeen,
          Malong the fugitive could not rebel in Juba how? He may only cause confusion here and there but will not go far. All major routes into and out of Juba are controlled by IO. His only escape route would be through Yirol. Once out, he will find no support in Equatoria for his forces who would now become bandits and road thugs robbing from civilians. Malong is Kiir’s lapdog. Period

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          • 16 May 09:51, by Garang Akeen Tong

            Jubaone

            Answer the following question.
            1. Do you have IO in Equatoria?
            2. Where is your base in Equatoria?
            3. Which routs you block?
            4. Who need your support?
            5. And support what? I need your answer plse,

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            • 16 May 13:01, by jubaone

              South South,
              Mark my words: Malong is in a fighting mood and Kiirminal will deploy him to the frontlines without much military supplies. If he rebels and joins Riak, he may survive but Kiirminal wants him to be killed in battle and then game is over. Just give 2 weeks you may hear something new. We’re following every single move.

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          • 16 May 12:09, by South South

            Jubaone,

            Dinka must unite and fight traitors and betrayers. Is that paining you? By the way, which faction you belong among 8 coin rebels?

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        • 16 May 09:09, by Eastern

          Garang Akeen Tong,

          Both Kiir and Malong are sickly men from Anya Nya one era and therefore cannot manage rebel life a third time in their miserable lives. Kiir needs the comfort of presidency to stay alive and Malong needs regular and expensive medications to stay alive. Stop this bullshite of peace among dinkas. What are the Apuk and Aguok doing now? Why are parts of Gogrial and Lakes in flames?

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          • 16 May 10:24, by Garang Akeen Tong

            Eastern

            Kiir and Malong were rebeled once against Khartuom Gov,t to free you from slavery, what cite are you talking now, Kiir and Malong plse many others SPLA Generals should deserve a high position in gov,t, as their reward.

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          • 16 May 12:07, by South South

            Eastern,

            "Both Kiir and Malong are sickly men from Anya Nya one era"

            Check your information very well before you put them out to the public man, it looks so bad when we throw words out without knowing anything about them.

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        • 16 May 12:55, by jubaone

          Garang Akeen,
          Jienges can’t even think of rebellion even if they starved or don’t benefit anything from Kiirminal or Malong whose families are outside the country. Most jienges are confused and would live with a hopeless system than join the Nuers ke Equatorians. It is a do-or-die 💀 situation. Everywhere unwanted like a rabies-infected dog, Malong is fighting for his life, wow.

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          • 16 May 14:44, by Garang Akeen Tong

            Eastern

            Jumping to bush without proper study is worst then ever.

            We don,t benefiting in this gov,t but should resfect the law of our country.

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  • 15 May 22:47, by Garang Akeen Tong

    Situation is now came, you clear rebel out the remaining rebel pocket is only pagak, will deal with another fearless Gen. James Ajonga.

    God bless you for us, fearless Gen. Paul Malong.

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  • 15 May 22:49, by Mr Point

    There’s no personal vendetta. He just wants to be the next president.

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    • 15 May 23:18, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Mr. Point

      Ofcourse, What is wrong if he want to be a next president? No him, but we s.sudanse want him to be president of republic of s.sudan.

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      • 16 May 00:30, by lino

        Ya Akeen,

        No S. Sudanese should dream of Presidency while Banydiit K. De Mayardiit is alive and kicking! Don’t let Malongdiit jumping the gun;his time is not yet!!!

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        • 16 May 08:37, by Garang Akeen Tong

          Lino

          We are patiently waiting 2018 election, where by s.sudanse can choose their leader.

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  • 16 May 07:19, by engatuny

    state institutions are not personal & many questions remains unanswered! why didn’t Malong handover office upon relieve? are the soldiers he travelled with national army or private militias? what about the resources (guns & ammunitions) they went with who will account for it?

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  • 16 May 08:10, by Sunday Junup

    He run away thinking that Mathiang Anyoor will follow him not knowing that they engage themselves in begging on Juba roads and comfortable with it. I hope now you have learned a lesson that rebellion is not easy. No food, no guns, no water and comfortable living in jungle. Kiir has already pardoned you.

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  • 16 May 08:38, by Brigadier Pato

    Kiir must removed Akol Koor Kuch and stop this language of Mr.X, Y, has been sacked or fired if he really want his regime to continue ruling this country.

    Otherwise,we the army, we are tired of suffering of our people.

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    • 16 May 09:03, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Brigadier Pato

      You hit the nail, he should be fired as soon as possible.

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      • 16 May 21:36, by Eastern

        Akol Koor Kuc must remain where he is; I am on my way to Afex River Camp to have a meeting with him. Kiir can easily die when he plays with fire!!!

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